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Understanding our pain and circumstances is a key part of the treatment of chronic pain. The following books are excellent resources which both help explain chronic pain and give insight into managing your pain.

Explain Pain Book Cover Explain Pain is a book that explores why pain can persist after tissues have had plenty of time to heal. Co-authored by Dr David S. Butler and Prof. G. Lorimer Moseley, it is available for purchase and download from the NOI group website.

"In a world where 1 in 5 of us experience ongoing pain and where there is increasing evidence for the failure of synthetic drugs, take heart: help is at hand. It is now known that understanding more about why things hurt can actually help treat pain."


Manage Your Pain is a book that has been widely used as part of treatment in multidisciplinary pain clinics. Manage Your Pain can be purchased as a paperback from the ABC Shop, or as a Kindle eBook from Amazon.com.

"In Manage Your Pain the authors have drawn on the latest scientific research and their extensive clinical experience to show you how to live with pain. MANAGE YOUR PAIN will help you and your family to gain a better understanding of your pain and minimise the impact it has on your life."
Manage Your Pain Book Cover
Pain Management Network The Agency for Clinical Innovation has produced this site with valuable information for chronic pain sufferers.

Are you worried about your back scans?

There was a study in 2012 that did lumbar spine MRIs on people without low back pain. Do you know what it found?

Prevalance of MRI findings in people without Low Back Pain: McCollough et al Radiology (2012):

  • Disc degeneration 91%
  • Disc height loss 56%
  • Disc bulges 64%
  • Disc protrusion 32%
  • Annular tears 38%
Annular tears, disc bulges, disc degeneration and facet joint arthrosis do not predict future Low Back Pain. European Spine Journal Keller (2012). Jarvick Spine (2005)

Can your brain help reduce your pain?

Pain might start with an injury but when the discomfort continues beyond the expected recovery time, what do you do then? And how do you help yourself? Listen to this ABC radio national Life Matters episode to find out!

Want to know more about pain and the brain? Read this article in The Conversation titled No brain, no pain: it is in the mind, so test results can make it worse. The article was written by Lorimer Moseley who is one of the leading pain researchers in Australia and co-author of Explain Pain, mentioned above.

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